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Marquee Matchups: Steelers vs. Packers

Posted Dec 22, 2013

A breakdown of three key matchups to watch against the Packers.

QB Ben Roethlisberger vs. QB Matt Flynn
On December 20, 2009, Roethlisberger threw for a career-high and team-record 503 yards in leading the Steelers to a thrilling come-from-behind victory over Green Bay with a touchdown pass to Mike Wallace on the game’s final play. Matt Flynn, meanwhile, led a comeback of his own last week. After being down 23 points at the half, Flynn threw four second-half touchdowns and rallied the Packers to a 37-36 win over Dallas. With how the previous matchups between these clubs have gone, the quarterback who provides the most clutch plays down the stretch may spark a last-minute win.


RB Le’Veon Bell vs. RB Eddie Lacy

For the second consecutive week Le’Veon Bell will be competing against a draft classmate, and this time it’s Eddie Lacy, the Packers second round selection this past spring. Bell surpassed 1,000 yards from scrimmage for the season last week, making him only the third rookie in Steelers history to accomplish that feat. Lacy is the reigning NFC Player of the Week and leads all rookies in rushing with 1,028 yards. This game provides a showcase for two of the NFL’s young, emerging stars who will both be key cogs in their offense’s production.


LB Jason Worilds vs. LB Clay Matthews

Worilds has thrived since becoming a regular starter in this his fourth season, leading Pittsburgh with 7.0 sacks and tying for the team lead with 28 quarterback pressures. In his first six years, Matthews has established himself as one of the NFL’s top linebackers and has racked up 6.5 sacks this season, despite only playing 10 games. The player better able to disrupt, pressure or sack the opposing quarterback will be a key factor in today’s game.

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